Pentonville Prison, 1871.
3 6 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 28cm

Pentonville Prison, 1871.

Lewis, Captain

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A photograph of an inmate of Pentonville Prison, London, making shoes, taken by Captain Lewis, probably of the Royal Engineers, in 1871. Around the prisoner are arranged the basic contents of his cell, a mattress, stool and table for books and other items. Propped at the back of the table is a list of rules and regulations for working in the prison. Pentonville Prison was designed by Sir Joshua Jebb (1793-1863) and completed in 1842. It was a model prison built according to Jeremy Bentham's (1748-1832) concept of the 'Panopticon', consisting of five blocks radiating from a central point.



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